5 Years in Business

This week starts Strawesome’s 5th year in business!  What began as an artistic expression and desire to contribute to our family has taken on a life of its own and is making a difference around the world.

Luke

 

Today, March 14, 2014 marks the day (5 years ago) that we created Strawesome.  Months prior to founding Strawesome, I was taking classes and practiced making straws so that I could create something more than just a hobby.  Sometimes I would notice that I would start shaking when my hands had to be very steady – almost like I was hungry and my blood sugar was low.  Come to find out a few weeks later that I was shaky because I was pregnant with our second son, Luke (pictured above).  I can always judge how long I’ve been doing this based on his little life. 🙂

We first listed our products on Etsy and had great success there.  At this point I was at a crossroads. I had been teaching Bradley Method childbirth classes and making straws at the same time. (Yes, I had 2 all natural Bradley Births!) Instead of doing both I chose to concentrate my efforts in one direction.  With the help of my husband, Brian, and his mad website design skills, we took off on a Strawesome adventure!  Did you know that it was my husband who came up with the name Strawesome?! Many people think we paid a marketing person for the name. Nope, it took months of patience to come up with that great name!

Over the last 5 years we’ve had many cool things happen. Including being featured on the local news this year (where I was declared a genius! ha!), launched a new website, introduced new distributors and wholesalers of our product worldwide, and talked with many wonderful customers! I can only imagine what the next 5 years will bring!

Today only (03/14/14), we are doing a FREE SHIPPING for all USA retail orders through our website. Use promocode 5FREESHIP after you calculate your shipping costs. This offer is for new orders only.

I’m also offering up a FREE glass straw to FIVE winners who comment on this post.  Winners will be chosen on Monday 3/17/14 and will be notified via email.

Cheers to another 5 years!

~Daedra~

Comments (97)

  1. Happy 5th Birthday! Thank you for making a fun durable re-usable product 😉

    Lenka Zapletal
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  2. Happy birthday, Strawesome!

    Sidney
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  3. I have a few of your straws and they are most definitely Strawesome. Happy Birthday and I can’t wait for you to celebrate many more.

    Amber L
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  4. What an inspiring story! I send you a “High 5” on your 5th anniversary/birthday!

    Leslie
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  5. Happy 5th birthday, Strawesome! And thank you for the free shipping offer!

    Andrea
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
    • Congrats, Andrea! You’re one of our random winners. I will email you for your mailing address.

      Daedra Surowiec
      Mar 17, 2014 Reply
  6. Happy Birthday!!

    LaShawn
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  7. Nine straws between the two of us in our family so far…..
    Next up: straws for each of our nine nieces and nephews.
    Love your product. Love your ideals. Love Strawesome.
    Happy 5th anniversary! Here’s to many many more….

    Inara
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  8. Happy Birthday! In honor of your 5th birthday I am gifting my nieces and nephews with a set of funky family straws to celebrate the future and the people who make a difference!
    Blessings and many thanks!!!

    Susan
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  9. So inspiring! I love my Strawesome straws and love that I’m supporting a small business. Happy 5th!!

    Lori A.
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  10. I first heard of Strawsome from Jasmere (no longer in existence). Tried the straws and they’ve been a family treat in our house and gift-giving ever since. I have 8 children; all natural, including 4 home births. 🙂 Congratulations! God bless your family business.

    Abbe Adams
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  11. Happy birthday! We love your straws – my faves are the bubble tea straws and skinny straws for when I’m out. My kids love colored bendy straws best. 🙂 Even my 18 month old uses them with a drilled-through mason jar lid to drink smoothies! Wishing you many more successful years to come.

    Larissa
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  12. Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary. Awesome products.

    Geri
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  13. This is my favorite idea- for a while I had been searching for a way to get rid of those pesky plastic straws- (I just love straws but my dad joked that I was “killing the seals” every time I used one, that actually got to me and I realized I needed to do something about my plastic use)- strawsome is the answer! Save the seals <3

    Ella
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Ella, congrats, you’re one of our winners! I will email you for your contact info! Save the seals!

      Daedra Surowiec
      Mar 17, 2014 Reply
  14. Found out about you from (the late, lamented) Jasmere. Any cold drink tastes better in a glass and with a glass Strawesome straw! Congrats on 5 years!

    Lisa
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  15. We love your straws. Makes smoothies even more fun! Thanks for the free shipping today.

    Joanne
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  16. My 95 year old mother loves your straws. So much easier for her to drink her coffee in the morning. Happy 5th birthday.

    holly
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  17. Happy birthday! Nice to see your idea be successful for you.

    Kathy
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  18. I received my order of three straws 2 weeks ago. My kids scramble to find their favorite strawsome straw before I can even grab the one I need. They LOVE them and so do I. Drinking a breakfast smoothie never felt fancier!

    Amy
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  19. Congratulations on your 5 years! We have several of your straws & just love them. What a beautiful way to be green.

    Shanna
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  20. Happy Birthday! I don’t think I will ever have enough of your straws.

    Ashley Hipkin
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  21. Happy 5th birthday! My kids and I all love our straws!

    Alysia
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  22. Happy Birthday! Just learned about your product last week and anxious to try it.

    Cindi Peck
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  23. Happy Anniversary!!!!

    melanie traver
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  24. Happy 5th Borthday Strawesome. Your smoothie straws make drinking my green smoothies so much easier..I like them better if I don’t really have to look at them..

    Vicki Paglione
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  25. happy birthday! We love love love our straws! The kids especially.

    Jen
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  26. Love your straws!

    April
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  27. About to place an order. Congrats… 5 years!! Awesome!!

    Kristi
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  28. So happy to have ordered my first straw, I have wanted one for ages!

    Sarah
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  29. Happy Birthday Strawesome! Your straws are Amazing and Beautiful!

    Tina Hoeft
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  30. Awesome straws.

    julie
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  31. We love our smoothie straw! It’s the only straw my 2yo will use!

    Tana
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  32. Happy Birthday!!!!! My birthday was Sunday. Would love to win a straw.

    Tia
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  33. Happy Birthday!! Our family LOVES your straws!!

    Zanna
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  34. Happy Birthday, I think a glass straw would be “awesome” to use.

    Gina
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  35. Congrats on 5 years! I love your drive to make the world a greener place 🙂 keep up the wonderful, hard work!

    Melissa b
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  36. A big congratulations on 5 years!!! We LOVE our straws, especially my 3 kiddos!! 😀

    Karen p
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  37. Wonderful. Here’s to another five years and five after that and five after that and…

    Gram
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  38. Happy 5th! Love your products. Hope to win one 🙂

    Debbie
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  39. Happy birthday!!

    Jacquelyn
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  40. Congratulations on 5 years! Thanks for helping us make greener & safer choices for us and our kids!

    Ivy
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  41. HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY STRAWESOME!!! Your artfully crafted straws are beautiful and great for our environment. Thank you and long live Strawesome!

    Joan Mary
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Joan Mary, Congrats, you’re one of our 5 random winners! I will email you for your mailing address.

      Daedra Surowiec
      Mar 17, 2014 Reply
      • Thank You Daedra… I LOVE Strawesome and I am so happy I won <3

        Joan Mary
        Mar 18, 2014 Reply
  42. I just received my first order from Strawesome this week and I am so bummed I did not discover your product sooner! My family has been drinking smoothies for years and now that we have a greener option for our straws, I feel even better about drinking smoothies! Thank you for making a wonderful product and I look forward to ordering more straws again very soon. Happy 5th!

    Tiffany
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  43. Happy 5th Birthday! I would love to win one of your straws!

    Krista Elder
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  44. Congratulations on 5 years!!

    Linda White
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  45. Congrats! Here’s to another 5 and 5 after that and so on…..

    Ninnyrank
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  46. Happy 5th, hope you have many more happy years. Love your straws

    Jan
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  47. Happy birthday!

    Richelle G
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  48. Happy Birthday!

    Anne
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  49. Happy Birthday! I think you are a genius!

    LeighAnnL
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  50. How did we ever drink smoothies without our awesome strawsomes? LOL! They just FEEL so good in our mouths!! My son and I love them! Birthday Birthday Happy! 🙂

  51. We love your smoothie straws and use them daily!

    Lynn
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  52. Congrats on 5 years!

    Janice
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  53. Happy Birthday, Strawesome! How ironic is it that just today, of all days, I remember liking you on facebook a few years ago and just happened to look you up?! A few weeks ago I bought a package of plastic bendy straws and every one of them had cracks in the bendy part! I was so mad! I took them all back and vowed to never buy those things again. Now you know why I went searching for you today 🙂

    Heather
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  54. Happy 5th Birthday! Keep making amazing straws!

    lace
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  55. I already have 5 of your straws and am getting 2 more bendy straws for my daughter’s drinking jug collection. This is even better than the paper straws that I used to use! Congrats on the first 5 years!

    Eugenia
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  56. Congrats!! What a great accomplishment! 🙂

    Krista Harris
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  57. Happy Birthday!! Thank you for this awesome product – can’t imagine life without them!!

    Elaine
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  58. Congratulations Strawesome:-)

    Kellie Mullins
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  59. Congratulations! You have beautiful products.

    Nina
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  60. Happy Birthday!!!

    Andy
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  61. I just ordered five straws this week. Actually just got them Thursday. And i love them!!! I have shared pictures of them with everyone. I love love love them.

    Dawn
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  62. Spreading the joy of glass straws in my area.

    Lynne
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  63. Happy Birthday!!

    Robin
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  64. That’s amazing! CONGRATS on 5 awesome years and many more to come!

    Manali
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  65. Happy 5th anniversary! I will be getting my nephew one of your straws for his Birthday this year. He chews up the ends of plastic straws, I figure one of these Will last him! Congratulations on your success!

    Theresa
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  66. Love you products! Keep it up! I’ve been telling everyone I know about Strawsome. There may be other glass straw companies out there, but with a creative name like Strawsome, how could I not declare you the best?!

    Kristyn
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  67. Congratulations!..And wishes for many more anniversaries to celebrate awesome Strawsome!

    Raji
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  68. Happy Birthday, Strawesome! We love your straws!

    Nicole B
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  69. Awesome success story! Happy Anniversary!!

    Candace
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  70. I recently purchased your straws and I absolutely love them. I mainly use them for smoothies (I purchased the set of smoothie straws) and also for fresh juice. I have an almost 2 year old son who is also a fan so I would love to win a straw just for him. 🙂 Congratulations on the success of the business and happy 5 year anniversary!
    Your hubby did a great job with the name, so creative!

    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
    • HI Kathleen, congrats, you’re one of our winners! I will email you for your contact info!

      Daedra Surowiec
      Mar 17, 2014 Reply
  71. Happy birthday strawesome! Thank you for making my smoothies super fun with a colorful glass straw!

    Lindsay hetzel
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  72. Congrats on 5 years! I love my Strawesomes and use them all the time.

    Katie
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  73. Congratulations on creating a unique and enduring product.

    Stacey
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  74. Happy birthday! Love your straws.

    Deanna Knoll
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  75. Congrats on FIVE years! (My husband’s name is Adam and my 19 month old son’s name is Luke – love that name!)

    Alexis Dunigan
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  76. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! a fantastic job!! I am placing my first order
    tonight.i cannot wait to receive the straw’s..love mary ann

    mary ann griffin
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  77. I just ordered my first straw on Wednesday. I can’t wait to try it!! Happy 5th Birthday ! You should be so proud of the wonderful product you created!

    Paula
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  78. Happy Birthday!!!! So awesome to read your story! Here’s to many more years of success.

    Rian Hart
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  79. Happy 5th!

    Blake
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  80. Happy Birthday!

    Tammy
    Mar 14, 2014 Reply
  81. Birthday Blessings!
    Wish I had seen the free shipping before midnight!

    Mae
    Mar 15, 2014 Reply
  82. Just viewed your video…..it’s great!
    I would love to come work for you!

    Mae
    Mar 15, 2014 Reply
  83. Happy 5th birthday!!!!! Congrats!

    Jess M.
    Mar 15, 2014 Reply
  84. Congratulations on 5y of awesome!

    Jenny
    Mar 15, 2014 Reply
  85. Congrats on 5 years!

    Angie
    Mar 15, 2014 Reply
  86. Congratulations on hitting 5 years! Wishing you anymore anniversaries to come! Love your straws 🙂

    Jenn Fogarty
    Mar 15, 2014 Reply
  87. Happy Birthday!!

    May you have many more years of “strawsome-ness” 🙂

    Jessica Lamson
    Mar 15, 2014 Reply
  88. Congratulations! Happy birthday!

    Crystal S.
    Mar 15, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Crystal, Congrats! You’re one of our winners! I will email you for your mailing address.

      Daedra Surowiec
      Mar 17, 2014 Reply
  89. Congrats on 5 years! May there be 50+ more!

    LisaWilkening
    Mar 15, 2014 Reply
  90. Congrats on 5 years! Love your straws!

    Kate M
    Mar 15, 2014 Reply
  91. Happy 5th Anniversary!!! Wishing you continued success!!

    L
    Mar 15, 2014 Reply

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